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Rule 11. Appointment of Counsel and Fees

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   11.1  The court will appoint counsel for any juvenile or for any parent determined indigent by the court, and for any other person whenever appointment of counsel would be appropriate in the exercisie of the court's discretion. The court will also appoint a guardian ad litem for a juvenile as required under Neb. Rev. Stat. § 43-272 and as required by any other section of the Nebraska Juvenile Code.

   11.2  Attorneys who are willing to serve as court-appointed counsel in juvenile court proceedings shall notify the Juvenile Court Administrator of that fact, providing the administrator with their contact information. The Juvenile Court Administrator shall maintain a current list of all attorneys who are willing to accept appointments in juvenile court and shall provide the same to all judges, and shall keep the list updated. Any attorney who wishes to be removed from the list may do so upon request to the Juvenile Court Administrator. Said list may be examined by the public upon request.

   11.3  Appointments shall be made by the court using the list described in Rule 11.2 above. The court is entitled to rely upon its knowledge of an attorney’s qualifications, skill level, and experience in appointing an attorney whom the court deems suitable to serve on a particular case.

   11.4  Court-appointed counsel may apply for payment of reasonable attorney fees by submitting a motion to the Clerk of the Juvenile Court, and a copy of the motion along with an itemized statement to the Juvenile Court Administrator's office. The itemized billing statement shall provide with specificity each service rendered; the date of each service rendered; and the amount of time expended thereon. The statement should further include the attorney's name and the case number. Further, court-appointed counsel shall sign each statement confirming the truth and accuracy of the same.
 
   11.5  Court-appointed counsel shall comply with the Instructions for Court- Appointed Counsel. The Juvenile Court Administrator shall provide the Instructions for Court-Appointed Counsel forms in the Juvenile Court Administrator’s office and at the juvenile court’s website, http://juvenile.dc4dc.com.

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